Ice Times (Theatre Royal, Brighton)
Cold outside it may have been, but ice dance star Nicky Slater warmed up a disappointingly small Brighton audience with an enjoyable evening of stories, reminiscences, and fancy footwork.
The Theatre Royal provided the start for the genial Brighton-based performer’s 2008 Ice Times tour and, accompanied on a special ice floor by charming Louise Walden, Nicky strolled through a history of ice skating, memories of skating from the family album (both parents taught ice skating and his mother Joan was awarded the MBE having taught a number of champions and having herself been British Ice Dance champion), his success as junior world champion, his memorable partnership with Karen Barber, which saw them become British champions in 1985, and up to the present day as a Dancing on Ice judge.
The show occasionally skated on thin ice, but only because it sometimes came across too much like an after dinner speech, and experience during the tour (which can be seen locally again at Horsham Capitol on February 15th and the Worthing Pavilion on July 18th) will undoubtedly iron out any problems.
With delightful twists, slides, and salchows Nicky revealed what he really thought about Torvill and Dean, how a winning routine is thought up, and just what lies behind the marks of judges in professional competitions.
It was light-hearted and engaging entertainment all the way and certainly deserves good turnouts for ice star Slater – freeze a jolly good fellow!
David Guest - West Sussex Gazette
- HMMM GREAT - HE'S RIGHT ON AFTER DINNER SPEAKING IWE ARE DEVELOPING HIGHLIGHT AND MORE ACTION AREAS BUT STOPRY WILL STILL BE INCLUDED AND WILL CHANGE EVERY TIME AS MY BRAIN SYNAPSES CONNECT! OR NOT - AS THE CASE MAY BE...